Television Stations In Nigeria To Use Sign Language Interpreters 

Yemisi Izuora

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has

directed the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, to implement the

Broadcasting Code provision that mandates television stations to

deploy sign language interpreters on their major news bulletin, for

the benefit of persons living with disability.

The Minister gave the directive in Abuja on Monday when he received

executives of the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities on a courtesy

visit to his office.

“I have also directed, within my Ministry most importantly, the issue

of television stations having sign language interpreters and by

tomorrow, I can assure you that a directive will go out to television

stations pointing their attention to the relevant provisions of the

Broadcasting Code. I am sure that in a few weeks time, you will begin

to see the difference,” he said.

Mohammed said his Ministry will collaborate with the Centre in

the implementation of Section Two of the Discrimination Against

Persons With Disability (Prohibition) Act by making provisions for the

promotion of awareness regarding the rights, respect and dignity of

persons with disabilities as well as highlight their capabilities,

activities and contribution to the society.

He therefore called on the Centre to participate in the creation of

content on their activities, which will be disseminated to the public

through the media and the National Orientation Agency.

The Minister expressed delight that President Buhari has fulfilled his

campaign promise to the persons living with disability by signing the

Discrimination Against Persons With Disability (Prohibition) Act into

law and operationalizing it through the establishment of the National

Commission for Persons with Disability, after a tireless struggle to

achieve it in the last 18 years.

He described the present administration as friendly to persons living

with disability and said they have been mainstreamed into all the

Social Intervention Programmes of government, including the Survival

Fund where 10% of what is being administered by the Federal Ministry

of Industry, Trade and Investment is earmarked for persons living with

disability.

In his remark, the Executive Director of the Centre for Citizens with

Disabilities, Mr. David Anyaele, commended the President for signing

the Discrimination Against Persons With Disability (Prohibition) Act

into law and for the establishment of the National Commission for

Persons with Disability in order to promote their welfare and social

well-being.

He called on government ministries, departments and agencies to comply

with a provision in the Act, which mandates them to reserve at least

5% of employment opportunities for persons living with disability.

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